What Happens If Someone Is Re-Arrested While Out On Bail?
People are arrested every day and with almost all arrests, you can post bail. Having knowledge of bail bonds and how to post bail is very important in these situations. However, what happens if someone gets re-arrested while out on bail?
When arranging and posting bail, there must be a bail bonds company and a co-signer (the person who will sign on behalf of the offender). Both the co-singer and the bail bonds company have the responsibility of ensuring that the defendant appears in court when required and is well-behaved. How many times the person will appear in court will depend on the type of crime they are being charged with.
When posting bail in Los Angeles, should the person be re-arrested, then both the co-signer & bail bonds company are relieved of their responsibility towards the defendant (regarding the case for which the bail bond was initially posted). It doesn’t matter if the re-arrest was for a parole violation or the defendant was accused of a new crime, the bail bonds company and the co-signer are relieved of their responsibility either way.
Arrested for a new crime
More still, getting re-arrested while on bail can have serious implications on your previous case, as well as the new case for which you were arrested for. When you’re arrested for a new crime, it thwarts any settlement negotiations your lawyer has made with the prosecutor. This may likely make the prosecutor re-start settlement negotiations all over again or just end plea bargain negotiations completely and decide to pursue charges.
Sometimes the prosecutor can decide to charge you with an enhancement for a ‘crime bail crime’- a situation where you were out on bail for a felony matter and then you commit another felony. This could add an additional two years on any sentence you could have received for the new offense.
The court can also revoke your bail, take you into custody and not set a new bail, or they will increase your bail if it was set below initial bail schedule. This means if your bail happened to be revoked, then the money you’ve already paid to the bail bond company is forfeit.
Power Bail Bonds can help
If you, your loved one or co-worker has been arrested again after posting bail bonds in Los Angeles county, you need to seek out professional help immediately. It’s important that you stay within the confines of the law when trying to resolve legal issues and only a qualified bail bonds company and an experienced attorney can help you do that.
Fortunately, the experts at Power Bail Bonds can help. We have offices in most major cities in Southern California including Los Angeles and will be expanding Northern California and other cities soon.